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Touring The US Of A

Touring The US Of A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report By : VRITTI SHAH

My family and I went to USA for 21 nights this past August. It took us 26 hours to fly from Nairobi to Orlando. In Orlando, we went to SeaWorld. Here we rode roller coasters and water slides, and also watched killer whales and dolphins do tricks. There was an Arctic area, where we saw walruses, balluga whales and sea lions, and an Antarctic area, where there were four kinds of penguins. All of these animals were saved by the staff and brought to SeaWorld. We learnt that global warming is affecting the habitat of these animals. We can all do a little to reduce global warming and thus help these animals. Reduce trash in the ocean and let the animals splash and swim free.

Our best experience in the USA was at Walt Disney World, which was also in Orlando. We went to three theme parks – Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot – and one water park called Typhoon Lagoon. Magic Kingdom is a charming and magical theme park where we met princesses, princes, and other Disney characters. There was a parade where we saw Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Anna and Elsa, Rapunzel, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and many other amazing characters. In the evening, there were fireworks and the main castle in Magic Kingdom was lit up.

Epcot is the futuristic theme park. We went on Mission Space, Spaceship Earth, Soaring Around The World, and many other rides. We played an electronic game that taught us that wind power and renewable energy are good for the environment and also cost-effective.

My brother’s favourite park was Animal Kingdom. We rode on Kali Rive Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safari, and Avatar Flight of Passage. Avatar Flight of Passage is the best simulation ride in the whole world. In the evening, we were treated to a light show in the river. In Orlando, we also went to Universal Studios, where we met Marvel characters and went in scary rides.

We took a train from Orlando to Miami. The stations had very few people, and the seats in the train were so spacious and comfortable.  In Miami, we went to The Children’s Museum and Everglades National Park, where we saw alligators, big frogs, peacocks, tortoises, and scorpions. We also took a Bay Cruise and saw the holiday houses of celebrities like Willy Smith, Shakira, and Frank Sinatra. We went to Little Havana, where one can buy Cuban cigars. In the 1960s, 300 thousand Cubans fled from Cuba when Castro took over power. Most of them settled there and hence the name “Little Havana.”

From Miami, we took a three day cruise to Bahamas. Our ship was called, Mariners of the Sea. We did a lot of activities on the cruise, including riding water slides, star jumping, watching movies at night, swimming, relaxing in the jacuzzi, and playing basketball. We visited the Bahamian Islands: Nassau and Cococay. Cococay had blue water, soft sand and amazing water rides. My brother and mother did parasailing. I could not do it because they said I was too short. Nassau is popular for shopping, especially for jewellery. Here we visited a shop that sold things made of bamboo.

After returning to Miami, we flew to New York. We stayed in Manhattan, which is a very busy place. Here we went to Central Park, Freedom Tower, which is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Statue Of Liberty, and Ellis Island. There are a lot of Indian vegetarian restaurants. We also went to Brooklyn Bridge, saw the Lion King at Broadway, and took photos with the Charging Bull.

Everything was very systematic in USA. They really know how to make tourists, even my parents, feel like children.

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